• Housing recovery – Economic Recovery

    The US housing industry is recovering and that’s good news for the overall US economy. In 2016, housing (both investment and services) represented 15.6% of the US GDP. But for the previous 60 years, the housing sector averaged nearly 19% of the GDP. (By comparison, the US auto industry only accounts for 3.5% of GDP).

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  • It’s war! A century old debate has just been reignited.

    It was 1888. Serial inventor, Thomas Edison envisioned an America powered by direct current electricity. Former Edison employee, Nikola Tesla argued that alternating current was more flexible and inexpensive. The biggest drawback to the DC current, advocated by Edison, was the short distance that power could be transmitted. In fact, Edison envisioned lighting New York

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  • Some see a traffic jam. Others see opportunity.

    Elon Musk (of Tesla Motors & SpaceX fame) recently tweeted his frustration with LA’s infamous traffic jams, “Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging”.   His message wasn’t just an idle rant. By the end of January, Musk has already started test borings on the campus

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  • Don’t be afraid. It’s just your construction professional.

    Nope, this isn’t the next iteration of the movie “Iron Man”.  Rather, it’s the newest technology in construction. With an aging US construction work force, and increased construction activity, construction employment is again on the rise.  It is projected that by 2019, there will be a shortage of nearly 1.5 million workers. Innovative technologies might

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  • A momentous month for the iphone

    Ten years ago this month, the Apple iphone hit the marketplace.  Some interesting (and weird) facts about the iPhone: 1 Billion                 Number of iPhones sold since 2007 $1 Million             Amount paid by Apple to Michael Kovatch for the domain name “iphone.com” $.25                       Estimated cost of energy consumed by an iPhone on an annual basis 200                        Number

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  • Consumer Electronics Show – Happy 50th!

    Consumer Electronics Show – Happy 50th! The Consumer Electronic Show opened in Las Vegas on January 5th, the 50th anniversary of the first event held in NYC in 1967.  That first year, the event attracted 200 exhibitors and 17,000 attendees.  The 2017 event will feature more than 3,500 firms and 170,000 guests.  A quick recap

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  • Baby, it’s cold outside!

    The recent icy blast offered a reminder of single digit and below zero temps that winter can deliver.  Historically, construction season would end, as winter started.  But no longer.  Modern technology has tamed mother nature even in the wildest of climates.  “Ice Road Truckers”, a History Channel reality series, highlights the hazards of moving material

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  • Using Technology to Fight Waste

    Americans have often been tagged as a “throw away” society.   In 2014, US citizens generated more than 258 million tons of solid waste.  But, more than 34% of that waste was recycled.  Beyond the community recycling efforts, there are some innovative ideas that communities are employing to reduce waste even further.  Repair Café   Organized as a pop-up

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  • Not Much changing around here

    “Not much changing around here.” – Technology is proving otherwise. It used to be the phrase of old timers (and bored younger folk) that nothing much is happening. Well, Google is providing the technology to offer a visual comparison. Earthengine.google.com is a time lapse of satellite imagery from 1984 – 2016 to see the changes

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  • Are you ready for winter?

    With winter fast approaching, there are many things that you can do to winterize and help prevent problems when the cold and the snow arrive. Here are a few things that you should consider doing before it gets too cold or we get too much snow. Clean out your gutters. You’d be amazed how easily

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